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Henry Vrooman (July 25, 1844 – April 8, 1889) was an attorney and later State Senator. He served as Oakland's city attorney, then as district attorney of Alameda County and was married to Emily Maria Jordan (Vrooman) (April 6, 1847 – March 16, 1910).

Vrooman was born in Hillsdale County, Michigan, to Rachel Vrooman, a single woman. He went with his mother to Oregon in 1852, and eventually came to Oakland in 1867. In 1873 he married Emily and they had 3 daughters: Rachel J.D. Vrooman (Colby), Daisy Mae Vrooman (Forbes), and Beatrice Vrooman. 1,2

Henry had a variety of jobs before becoming an attorney, including working as a blacksmith, and being an engineer with the Oakland Fire Department. Emily worked as a teacher, including teaching 8th grade at Lafayette School. 4

Death and Burial

Henry's mother Rachel died in 1882 of typhoid pneumonia. Henry died unexpectedly in 1889, 5 and is buried in the Vrooman family lot in plot 13 in Mountain View Cemetery. Many family members are interred in the lot, including his mother Rachel, Emily, and Beatrice. Daisy Mae is interred in the Forbes family lot in plot 6.

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Links and References

  1. Henry Vrooman on FindAGrave.com
  2. Emily Maria Jordan Vrooman on FindAGrave.com
  3. History of Alameda County M.W. Wood, 1883
  4. Our Public Schools Oakland Tribune June 24, 1874
  5. Henry Vrooman's Death Came Without A Warning Note Oakland Tribune April 9, 1889